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    Disturbing Reports Show Problems of Farm Bill “Logrolling”

    As the farm bill debate presses on, recent reports clearly show why separating farm programs from food stamps is so important. After the House took the step of separating food stamps and farm programs into two bills, it put them back into one bill for negotiations with the Senate. The … More

    House Conservatives Reaffirm Push for Separate Food Stamp, Farm Bills

    As negotiations continue over the farm bill, conservative members of Congress voiced their commitment to keeping agriculture programs separate from food stamps. “This House made the biggest reform that we could’ve hoped for in this Congress, and that was when we separated out the food stamps from the farm bill,” … More

    Guess What Group is Getting Food Stamps at an Alarming Rate

    Food stamp rolls have been growing rapidly. But what many may not realize is that participation among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) has been skyrocketing compared to the total number of participants. That’s just one reason Congress should reform the food stamp program in the farm bill now under consideration. … More

    8 Things to Watch for in the Farm Bill

    The House and Senate are working out differences between their farm bills. The following is a list of major questions to consider if the negotiators do come up with a farm bill (explained in this new report here): Will Congress continue to play politics with the farm bill by combining … More

    Proposed Cuts Would Barely Dent Massive Growth of Food Stamps

    Food stamp spending is at historic highs—it has doubled twice since 2000. Now some on Capitol Hill say the House is trying to make major cuts to the program, but they’re really making some much-needed policy reforms that would achieve modest savings. The House bill proposes a small 5 percent … More

    Farm Bill Extension Would Be Better Than $1 Trillion Food Stamp/Subsidy Disaster

    Congress doesn’t have much time to work out a food stamp/farm bill this year. If no farm bill is passed, this wouldn’t be the end of the world. Just like it did last year, Congress can pass an extension. The House and Senate are trying to work out differences between … More

    A Case for Separating the Farm Bill: Passing Trillion-Dollar Bills Should Be a Fuss

    As of last week, President Obama’s number one economic priority is a new farm bill. He recently stated: Number one, Congress needs to pass a farm bill that helps rural communities grow and protects vulnerable Americans. For decades, Congress found a way to compromise and pass farm bills without fuss. … More

    A Farm Bill in Name Only

    To paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote, suppose you passed a farm bill. And suppose you passed a food-stamp bill. But I repeat myself. Hard as it may be to believe, 80 percent of the farm bill being hammered out by the Senate and the House of Representatives is made … More

    Liberals Angry About Food Stamp Program "Cuts" They Supported

    Food stamp program benefits decreased at the beginning of November when a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus package expired. This reduction is now being dubbed a “cut” by the very members of Congress who voted to speed this expiration. The food stamp boost was set to last until 2015, … More

    Government Contractors Prosper, Hispanics Struggle in a Country Growing More Bifurcated

    Sunday’s front page of The Washington Post carried two very different yet related stories about what is happening in our country. The fact they shared this prized journalistic real estate on the same day is no coincidence. One is a story about the ravages of bad nutrition and obesity among … More